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Bank of America hires Nomura’s Meissner to head EMEA banking

ONE of Nomura’s top European bankers quit the Japanese brokerage yesterday to join rival Bank of America Merrill Lynch as head of its European investment banking.

Bank of America named Christian Meissner as head of investment banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) just hours after Nomura said he had quit as deputy global head of investment banking.

Based in London, he will report to Michael Rubinoff and Purna Saggurti, co-heads of global investment banking, and is charged with driving the growth of the business across the region.

Meissner joined Nomura after the Japanese brokerage bought Lehman Brothers’ European and Asian operations in October 2008. He had been at Lehman for five years.